Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Waterfront Kerfuffles

I am pretty sure I don't want to own  (or be owned by) a sailboat again, but now and again I let my guard down and wonder if perhaps this time my mythical sailboat might encounter favorable winds and smoother seas a majority of the time. In my actual functioning memory sailing consisted of hunkering down to hide from strong winds on the nose or taking off sailing in a desperate attempt  to find decent winds to enable a brisk refreshing sail.  Too often five minutes sailing led to an hour's motoring back to the slip and all the kerfuffle of dropping and folding sails, covering bright work and coiling lines.  However I was rather intrigued by the possibility of renting a Catalina 41 and letting someone else do the kerfuffling in future. Noted for future reference,and it LOOKS pretty good in the brochure.
Anything to do with the water involves mucking about dealing with stuff and  that includes diving. I got so fed up dealing with buoyancy vests and regulators and dive time calculations and weights and all the rest of it that I gave up diving and contented myself with snorkeling.  Rusty couldn't care either way.
Then there is fishing, a sport I have never managed to get into...and as I watched this fishing boat captain kerfuffling with tiny pieces of plastic line and bait and stuff I thought my decision to renounce chasing fish to be an excellent one.
I watched the liveaboard boater coming to the dinghy dock, slicing the water as he came.  Nope I don't miss living on the water either with all the complexities of trash disposal, crap disposal and water collection.
Live free like a bird.
On land.

7 comments:

RichardM said...

Living aboard a boat always sounds way more glamorous than it actually is. You should write a book...

Garythetourist said...

It was nice to see a bit of "home" in the dingy dock photo. :)

David Masse said...

What about the romance of the sea??

On some level I think the 'stuff' is what attracts many to sailing, that and mastering all the arcane tid bits of knowledge.

Conchscooter said...

All good points. My wife and I have discussed our retirement plans in a few years. We are looking at a small RV after thinking about a boat. Our first boat choice wasn't sail but a trawler. Then we figured we want to see more places and not just the edges of countries. Plans now call for a type B RV based on a Mercedes Sprinter. Why? Easier to haul a dog, more flexible, more useful as far as getting places and no overnight sails or worrying about the anchor when away from the boat.
Romance? Pah! And I know all the sailing verbiage now so I'm ready to travel at 60mph, not 6. Sad but true.

Check the blog of Gone With The Wynns who are sailing now after years of RVs. Very useful lots of information.

Cees Klumper said...

We´re stuck on the trawler plan! Looking to start when I transfer from Europe to LA for my new job, already checking out marinas that allow liveaboards, and suitable trawlers. Then when retirement time comes in maybe 5-7 years, moving that boat to our slip in Sunset Marina (assuming liveaboards will still be allowed there then ...). The Benneteau sailboats I saw docked yesterday here in Split, Croatia, sure looked very nice ... Are you sure you won´t be swayed? Wind in the sails, water burbling behind the boat? Sunset ahead? Must be better than sitting in that sweltering traffic jam outside Chicago in the Sprinter ;-)

Cees Klumper said...

P.s. maybe when the time comes we can swap transportation and accomodation from time to time. Best of both worlds.

Conchscooter said...

I don't miss the water. Maybe I will later. Do a few night watches and tell me what you feel. I hated that. I like the open road...